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William Michael Whitmire Obituary
William Michael Whitmire

February 21, 1957 - April 5, 2014 PITTSFIELD William M. Whitmire, 57, of Sebastopol, California, died April 5, 2014 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born February 21, 1957 in Pittsfield to the late William F. and Gloria R. Whitmire. William "Mickey" Whitmire was a 1975 graduate of St. Joseph's High School, where he was an outstanding football player. William enlisted in the Marine Corps straight out of high school where he served six years duty, obtaining the rank of Sergeant. Not long after, William rekindled his childhood interest in the martial arts by opening his first karate school in Lincolnville, Maine. In his career he promoted 32 black belts, including several he led to win the 1996 World Karate Championship in Long Island, N.Y. William received his PhD in Christian Counseling from Trinity College. He spent his last years working for the Department of Rehabilitation in Santa Rosa, Calif. helping to find and place veterans in employement as well as teaching interactive classes on resume writing and interviewing preparation. William is survived by his son, William Matthew Whitmire, of Fort Myers, Fla. and a daughter, Jessica Marie of Napa, Calif; by his sisters of Pittsfield, Darlene Bonaquisti and her husband, Ronald, Nancy Luczynski and her husband, Daniel, Sandra Whitmire and Mary Ellen Whitmire-Rahilly; nieces, Amy Bonacquisti, Erin Monti and her husband, Joe, Jaclyn Bonaquisti, Kori Blackwell and Kaitlyn Blackwell; nephews, Derick Carlson, Travis Carlson, Zachary Rahilly and Parker Rahilly; and great-nieces and nephews, Olivia and John Monti and Kaelynne and Mason Carlson; his aunt, Carol Striebel and second cousin, Joanne Hayes. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside memorial service at St. Joseph's Cemetery on Pecks Road, Pittsfield on Saturday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 16, 2014
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